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Speaking of the digital divide, NTEN is offering it’s 1st cohort for the Digital Equity Professional Certificate - which is an online learning circle for working professionals like us. I’m currently begging MCL to pay for this course - if they don’t, I’m willing to pay out of pocket, with MCL giving me time to pursue it. It starts April 7th and below’s what I shared with MCL for my request - it would be cool to try an online learning circle cohort together and see what we can use for this grant.
"Due to the impact of COVID-19, I need to retool MCL’s adult technology, workforce development and small business programming to prioritize digital literacy skill development during a time of social distancing and connecting online. To help me strengthen the skills I’ll need and generate new ideas to share with my colleagues, I’d love to take part in the Digital Equity Professional Certificate.
This certification program is run by NTEN, a respected organization that builds capacity at nonprofits through training. When I asked Leana Mayzlina, NTEN’s Senior Program Manager, if she thought this program would help me with my professional goals, she shared “While the curriculum of the certificate doesn’t necessarily focus on how to do digital literacy during times of social distancing (because we want the certificate to be timely, timeless, and relevant regardless of the specific moment we’re living in), I’m sure that will be a very heavy topic of conversation. Faculty are always open to questions and the courses are participative and interactive, so I’m sure discussions will focus on this topic. Also worth mentioning that during the Core, all participants design a project to work on, so I’d encourage that to be your project!”
I think this certificate is a great opportunity for me to learn the best and most efficient practices for supporting digital inclusion via adult programming, that I can implement at MCL. I’m particularly excited about the course Carlos Galeana is teaching: “Teaching technology to adult learners”
This certificate program also aligns very well with an IMLS grant I’m working on with Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for creating communal learning experiences using online content."